Seventeen people showed up for last Sunday’s waterfowl tour sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.
The trip started at Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park on the Potomac, where we found Canada Geese, Mallards, Bufflehead, Common and Hooded Mergansers, and at least four Common Goldeneyes.
Our next stop was Alder Lake, a small water retention pond in residential Ashburn, where the highlight of the stop for many was the chance to watch and listen to the courtship display of three male Hooded Mergansers competing for the favor of a single female. [These Hooded Mergansers are shown in the photo above taken by Sharon Moffett]
We also got good closeup looks at Mallards, Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, Ring-Necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, Great Blue Herons, and Ring-billed Gulls.
[Northern Shoveler shown above. Photo by Sharon Moffett]
Our final stop was Algonkian Park, back on the Potomac, where we added American Wigeon and American Black Ducks to our day’s list, and got some good looks at Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Brown Creepers, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet as a bonus.
Bill Brown, Herndon